“Die before death and live forever.” Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan
Dhikr is possibly the central practice of most Sufi Orders, and of course there are many ways of doing it and saying it and chanting it and singing it. It is the core of the Dervish ceremony, of course, there is a great deal of lore out there about its practice and the miracles it brings. All I can do is tell you about it from the perspective of what it has given to me over nearly 40 years of practice.
My teacher, Pir Vilayat Inayat Khan, pointed out early on that the most apparent difference between dhikr and wazifa—or mantra—is that the practice of a mantra is about experiencing and enjoying the divine qualities of whatever it is we call God. Dhikr, on the other hand, is beyond that: it is…
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